The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, has charged the newly elected members of the various Parochial Church Committees in the Diocese to be vigilant and to exhibit sense of commitment in their respective positions in the parishes or stations.
Bishop Okorocha, who gave the charge at a Diocesan Service of unity and Commitment held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, penultimate Saturday, noted that the new PCC members were expected to, not only show that they are Christians and Anglicans in good standing, but also to ensure that they are, at all times, full of the Holy Spirit, like the chosen Stephen in the Bible.
He explained that they were all invited to the special dedication and commitment service, to tell them that we are all one body and one church, and should, therefore, get involved in the service of God, and prayed that as they do so, God will surely bless them all.
The Owerri Diocesan decried the difficult times in which the church members find themselves today, where, according to him, there is so much “Churchianity” but little “Christianity”, and counseled all and sundry, not to allow iniquity to abound in their hearts in order that their love for one another does not grow cold, adding that those who remain steadfast and faithful would, in the end, conquer.
The Prelate shedded more light on the guidelines for selecting Pastor’s and people’s Wardens, and said that those to be given such position(s) must have definable characters and jobs, not belonging to any cult group or given to alcohol consumtion, and preferably should be those from the area.
On the part of the clergy, the Bishop stressed the need for them to be true men of God, who must resist all manner of temptations from the Laity, and also warned against the practice whereby, ladies who are already pregnant present themselves to them (the priests) for wedding, instead of seeking for the blessing of their marriages.
He also did not spare both the Clergy and Laity, when he admonished that those who are liars, adulterers, fornicators, and or those who indulge in all kinds of sexual immorality, including those who lie about their ages, would go to hell if they do not repent.
About two thousand P.C.C. members in the Diocese attended the service which was conducted by the most senior Archdeacon in the Diocese, Ven D.C.A. Oguike who is also the Vicar of St Paul’s Anglican Church Ubakuru Mbieri.